Boston College has officially announced Brad Bates, University of Michigan '81, as the Athletic Director for Boston College. Bates previously worked at Miami (Ohio) University as athletic director since 2002 and is credited with bolstering their athletics program during his 10 years at the university.
President of Boston College Father Leahy said of the search to replace former AD Gene DeFillipo that BC was looking for someone who would fit in the school's culture, with a focus on quality of sports involvement and academics.
Fr. Leahy also said that the university was looking for someone with a level of experience and a chemistry that will bring out the best that BC sports has to offer. Bates has a doctorate in education and has stressed that his "overarching goal" for BC is to maximize student development with more focus on graduating athletes and improving their performance in class.
Fr. Leahy has credited Bates as being a "thoughtful, proven leader" and Bates has said that he feels "very, very fortunate" to become a part of the BC community.